Fall is in the air, the heater is running in the home - "rainy days and Monday's always get me down," as Karen Carpenter sang back in the '70s. Autumn is actually my favorite time of year, but there are cold days that seem to dull the senses. After a hot summer, and busy family life, part of me is gung-ho to get back to business, but the other part is lazy and just wants some hot tea and a comfy blanket.
It’s imperative for caregivers and patients to understand that stroke recovery can be a slow-moving and uncertain process. Depending on the severity and the location of the stroke, doctors, nurses, and therapists can only estimate the response of each individual patient.
Three years ago at this time, I was lying in a hospital bed, unable to take care of myself in the most basic ways. I had had a stroke in the left side of my brain, the part that controls speech, language, writing, logic, and organization…the parts important to a writer, as well as the right side of the body.